Album Review: Dissociation by The Dillinger Escape Plan

Get ready to scrape your brains off the wall, it’s time for The Dillinger Escape Plan album review. Dissociation is the last album the band will be releasing before they break up next year. At least they are going out with a bang. A huge temper enraged bang.

This album is just as chaotic and bi-polar as their previous releases with a less attentive ear referring to it as more like “noise” than music. The Dillinger Escape Plan have always had a way with the weird and wonderful side of heavy music, utilising off time signatures and whiplashing tempo changes. The opening sound is huge with Limerent of Death bringing the mosh before quickly descending into a spasm inducing, jerky guitar riff. It’s like the musical equivalent of a body twitching in an electric chair, but you know, in a good way. It’s frantic and the melodies are aggressively psychedelic.  The incredible ease at which The Dillinger Escape Plan blend all out, chaotic heaviness with soft nightmarish lullaby melodies is testament to their musical prowess. Low Feels Blvd jumps from rapid mathcore into obscure lounge jazz but instead of sounding out of place and off putting, it fits snugly.

Don’t worry if it wasn’t crazy enough after the first three songs, Fugue will really make you raise your eyebrows. It’s a mismatch of electronic drum and bass, funky bass lines and sci-fi sound effects. A purely instrumental track that gives you a little insight into what goes in the minds of The Dillinger Escape Plan. The whole band seems to just do its own thing to create this sense of controlled chaos. Sounds that really shouldn’t go together mesh perfectly in the hands of these guys. That sums up Dissociation, strange melodies sandwiched between frantic guitar outbursts and crazed vocals.

Renowned on stage mad man Greg Puciato is still capable of keeping up with the instruments. Images of him just losing his mind in the recording booth just flooded my mind whilst listening to Honeysuckle. The man is the vocal embodiment of schizophrenia with raging outbursts accompanied by soft spoken word styles all in one song.

I am going to miss The Dillinger Escape Plan as Dissociation proves that you can still be experimental in the world of metal and hardcore without fading into obscurity. The album is near a perfect 9/10. If you are even the slightest bit intrigued by their sound go check out this album as it is  a must have for fans of anything progress or experimental.



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